BCS Rankings 2010: Ten Teams That Will Benefit Most From Ohio State Loss

Denton Ramsey@DentonRamseySenior Analyst IOctober 17, 2010

BCS Rankings 2010: Ten Teams That Will Benefit Most From Ohio State Loss

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    MADISON, WI - OCTOBER 16: Wisconsin Badger players and fans celebrate a win over the Ohio State Buckeyes at Camp Randall Stadium on October 16, 2010 in Madison, Wisconsin. Wisconsin defeated Ohio State 31-18. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
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    BCS Rankings 2010: The First Edition aren't even out and we already had another No. 1 bite the dust.

    It’s been the story of the young 2010 college football season thus far, and the dominoes are continuing to fall.

    Former No. 1 Ohio State suffered a 31-18 setback to former No. 16 Wisconsin (AP poll) on Saturday, as a new top team will once again be unveiled this week.

    Already in this week’s Coaches’ Poll, Ohio State has dropped to No. 9 while Wisconsin made the jump to No. 10.

    And with the official BCS rankings being released this evening on ESPN, it’s time to take a look at the 10 teams that will benefit the most from Ohio State’s loss…

Oklahoma

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    DALLAS - OCTOBER 02:  Running back Demarco Murray #7 of the Oklahoma Sooners runs past D.J. Grant #18 of the Texas Longhorns in the third quarter at the Cotton Bowl on October 2, 2010 in Dallas, Texas.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
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    The Oklahoma Sooners have got to be celebrating after Ohio State’s latest loss, as the Big 12 South leaders have a solid chance of quickly moving up the BCS ladder.

    And with the first BCS rankings set to be released in less than two hours—along with experts giving their predictions well in advance of tonight’s poll unveiling—the Sooners may be leaders of the pack in terms of benefiting from Ohio State’s Saturday loss.

    Oklahoma (6-0), destroying Iowa State 52-0 on Saturday, also garnered four first-place votes in this week’s Coaches’ Poll, garnering a No. 3 ranking overall with 1,334 points.

Oregon

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    EUGENE, OR - OCTOBER 2: Running back LaMichael James #21 of the Oregon Ducks breaks into the open as linebacker Chase Thomas #44, linebacker Shane Skov #11 and linebacker Owen Merecic #48 of the Stanford Cardinal try to catch him during the third quarter
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    Oregon has got to be pumped heading into tonight’s BCS rankings unveiling, as the undefeated Ducks made the jump to No. 1 in both the AP and Coaches’ Poll.

    The undefeated Ducks defeated the Washington State Cougars 43-23 last Saturday and will be facing the 3-3 UCLA Bruins on Thursday, Oct. 21.

    Oregon (6-0) also leads the Coaches’ Poll with 42 first-place votes and 1,452 points.

Boise State

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    BOISE, ID - SEPTEMBER 25:  Quarterback Kellen Moore #11 and the Boise State Broncos celebrates a touchdown against the Oregon Stage Beavers at Bronco Stadium on September 25, 2010 in Boise, Idaho.  (Photo by Otto Kitsinger III/Getty Images)
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    The Boise State Broncos, regardless of where it lands in the first week of the BCS standings, have a case to be No. 1.

    The Broncos shut out San Jose State 48-0 on Saturday, as Boise State’s secondary is currently holding opponents to a mere 12.3 pints per game.

    Boise State (6-0) is No. 2 in this week’s Coaches Poll, nabbing 11 first-place votes while compiling 1,385 points.

TCU

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    FORT WORTH, TX - OCTOBER 16:  Head coach Gary Patterson of the TCU Horned Frogs takes to the field with offensive guard Josh Vernon #78 and tackle Zach Roth #70 against the BYU Cougars at Amon G. Carter Stadium on October 16, 2010 in Fort Worth, Texas.  (
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    The TCU Horned Frogs are having a remarkable 2010 season—and with a defense that has limited opponents to just three points over the past two contests, the team is riding a high heading into this evening’s BCS unveiling.

    The Horned Frogs beat Brigham Young 31-3 on Saturday, one week after shutting out the Wyoming Cowboys, with the TCU secondary currently leading the nation in points against (9.3) per game.

    In this week’s Coaches’ Poll, TCU (7-0) holds a No. 4 ranking with one first-place vote and 1,300 points.

Auburn

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    AUBURN - OCTOBER 16:  Linebacker Daren Bates #25, wide receiver Darvin Adams #89 and running back Onterio McCalebb #23 of the Auburn Tigers celebrate with the crowd after the game against the Arkansas Razorbacks at Jordan-Hare Stadium on October 16, 2010
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    The Auburn Tigers are another team celebrating after Ohio State’s one-week stay at No. 1 came crashing down on Saturday.

    The former No. 7 Tigers (AP Poll) beat former No. 12 Arkansas 65-43 on Saturday and will face undefeated LSU next weekend, Oct. 23.

    Auburn (7-0) is No. 5 in this week’s Coaches’ Poll while garnering one first-place vote and 1,238 points.

Alabama

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    TUSCALOOSA, AL - OCTOBER 16:  Quarterback Greg McElroy #12 of the Alabama Crimson Tide looks to pass against the Ole Miss Rebels at Bryant-Denny Stadium on October 16, 2010 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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    You think Alabama is just a little happy about Ohio State losing its No. 1 ranking?

    The Crimson Tide, spending a majority of the beginning of 2010 at the top of the polls, beat Ole Miss 23-10 on Saturday—one week after losing it’s No. 1 ranking in a 35-21 loss to South Carolina.

    Alabama (6-1) is No. 7 in this week’s Coaches Poll, compiling 1,085 points.

LSU

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    BATON ROUGE, LA - OCTOBER 16:  Russell Shepard #10 of the Louisiana State University Tigers is tackled by London Durham #10 of the McNeese State Cowboys at Tiger Stadium on October 16, 2010 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.  The Tigers defeated the Cowboys 32-10
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    The Auburn Tigers aren’t the only striped SEC kitties to be excited about this past weekend’s Ohio State loss.

    The LSU Tigers are just as pumped, destroying McNeese State 32-10 on Saturday, with SEC rival Auburn awaiting next weekend.

    In the latest Coaches’ Poll, LSU (7-0) is No. 6 with 1,132 points.

Utah

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    FORT WORTH, TX - NOVEMBER 14:  Shaky Smithson #1 of the Utah Utes celebrates with teammates after scoring a touchdown in the first quarter of the game against the TCU Horned Frogs at Amon G. Carter Stadium on November 14, 2009 in Fort Worth, Texas.  (Phot
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    The Utah Utes are moving on up the polls with the BCS standings just hours away from being unveiled.

    The Utes beat Wyoming 30-6 on Saturday, one week after blowing out Iowa State 68-27 and will face the Colorado State Rams next weekend.

    Utah (6-0) is No. 9 in this week’s Coaches’ Poll, nabbing 1,004 points.

Michigan State

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    ANN ARBOR, MI - OCTOBER 09:  Edwin Baker #4 of the Michigan State Spartans scores on a 61 yard touchdown in the second quarter against the Michigan Wolverines during the game on October 9, 2010 at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor, Michigan. The Michigan Stat
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    The Big Ten’s Michigan State Spartans are welcome new additions to the top 10 polls, and the team may have even more to celebrate once the BCS Standings are released at 8:15 p.m. EST on ESPN.

    The Spartans knocked off Illinois 26-6 on Saturday and will hit the road to battle the Northwestern Wildcats next weekend.

    Michigan State (7-0) holds a No. 8 ranking in the latest Coaches’ Poll, garnering 1,037 points.

Wisconsin

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    MADISON, WI - OCTOBER 16: Blake Sorensen #9 of the Wisconsin Badgers celebrates his interception near the end of a game against the Ohio State Buckeyes at Camp Randall Stadium on October 16, 2010 in Madison, Wisconsin. Wisconsin defeated Ohio State 31-18.
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    You think the Wisconsin Badgers have even dropped back down to reality after its high following a 31-18 upset over former No. 1 Ohio State?

    Not only did the Badgers destroy a one-week wonder in the Buckeyes, but it also solidified itself as a top 10 team and BCS contender.

    Wisconsin (6-1) is No. 11 in this week’s Coaches’ Poll with 867 points, with Ohio State dropping to No. 10 (936 points).


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